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Water from improved sources not consistently safe, study finds

May 8, 2014 Digging a well or accessing water through pipes does not necessarily mean a household in the developing world will have safer drinking water than if they used more traditional – and traditionally unprotected – water sources. In fact, fecal contamination still occurs in about 25 percent of water from improved sources. These… Read more »

Commencement celebrates alumna, faculty awardees, our students

Nicole Bates is keynote speaker; Wing and Margolis receive Larsh, McGavran awards May 10, 2014 There was a lot to celebrate when the Gillings School held its 74th spring commencement on Saturday, May 10. The ceremony, which began at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena on the UNC campus, featured a keynote address by a… Read more »

Researchers develop roadmap for gene expression

May 5, 2014 In a new study, researchers from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and other national and international institutions have taken the first steps toward developing a roadmap that may help scientists narrow down the genetic cause of numerous diseases. Their work also sheds new light on… Read more »

Study finds large increase in Type 1 and 2 diabetes among US youth

May 5, 2014 In a study that included data from more than three million children and adolescents from diverse geographic regions of the United States, researchers found that the prevalence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes increased significantly between 2001 and 2009, according to the study in the May 7 issue of the Journal… Read more »

Treatment shown to reduce recurrent urinary tract infections in high-risk children

May 5, 2014 One third of all children affected with febrile urinary tract infections suffer from vesicoureteral reflux, a condition in which the urine flows backward into the kidneys from the bladder.  A new study, co-authored by a researcher from The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, found that children with… Read more »

Young adults at risk for suicide when taking high doses of SSRI antidepressants

May 1, 2014 Antidepressant therapy has long been associated with increased risk of suicide in people under 25. There has not been a clear reason why some drugs are more likely than others to have this result and why only a subset of the young adult population is vulnerable. A collaboration of researchers at The… Read more »

Immunological study of deadly coronavirus in the Middle East offers hope of vaccine and treatment

April 30, 2014 About forty percent of the people who contract the newly emerging Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) will die during the course of the infection.  Given the recent increase of diagnosed cases in the Middle East (which recently has surged above 400 cases) and the lack of vaccines and therapeutics, researchers are… Read more »

Public health undergrads inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

April 29, 2014 Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted 176 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members. Awardees from the Gillings School of Global Public Health include: Kevin Chu (environmental health sciences) Garrison Gordon (environmental health sciences) Sarayu Kumar (environmental health sciences) Karina… Read more »

Nutrition student selected as UNC’s ‘Tar Heel of the Month’

April 29, 2014 Lindsey Smith, doctoral student in nutrition epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been recognized by the UNC Office of the Dean of Students as April’s “Tar Heel of the Month.” Smith is actively engaged in service, mentorship and leadership at UNC and in the wider Triangle community…. Read more »

BIOS students awarded prestigious NSF fellowship, honorable mentions

April 29, 2014 Erika Helgeson, doctoral student in biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Two other biostatistics students, Scott Karl Van Buren and Eric Van Buren, received honorable mentions. The fellowship program recognizes outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering… Read more »